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This title track from The Box Tops’ 1968 album went to #2 in the U.S., #3 in Canada, #15 in the U.K., and #46 in Australia. It has since been covered by Kim Carnes, The Hacienda Brothers, and Joe Stampley, who included it on his 1976 album, All These Things.
The original recording by The Box Tops was released on the Bell label and was backed with “The Door You Closed to Me”. It certainly opened doors for The Box Tops, who enjoyed a string of hits in the late ‘60s. According to WABC Musicradio 77, “Cry Like a Baby” was the #12 song of 1968.
Joe Stampley recordings
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